Research

Science is not as tidy as it looks

Cartoon showing a series of tries and undos but ending by saying it only took two steps.

I’ve recently rediscovered Robert K. Merton.  As a student I knew a little about his social roles work but I knew very little about the person. That is until I happened upon On the Shoulders of Giant: A Shandean Postscript which is equal parts history and parody.  It didn’t take long before I knew that this…

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The four words that can kill any visual project

I don’t like it. Data visualization experts love to talk about effectiveness, which chart type is better than which other chart type. And while I think the discussion can be helpful sometimes it also misses a big point. Most researchers and evaluators are not making bad visuals, they’re making no visuals (or very few visuals).…

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My top 7 most engaging posts

Everytime I zoom in cartoon by Chris Lysy

Many of you are new here so before anything else let me just say, thank you for following.  Since you’ve likely not seen them, I thought it might be a good idea to let you know about some of my favorite posts. Being a cartoonist, I have quite a few posts where people show up for…

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16 Blogging styles for researchers and evaluators

I dislike the term blogosphere. It sounds like some kind of all-encompassing entity. One made up of personal gripes, margarita recipes, and silly cat videos. It would be like grouping together grocery store flyers, credit card applications, and heartfelt letters. We would see it on the news… The anchor would say, “hey, what did the…

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12 blogging mistakes made by researchers and evaluators

Blogging is like everything else, when you first start you’re going to make a lot of mistakes.  Eventually, if you want to improve, you’re going to need to stop making the same mistakes over and over. I’ve been working with fellow bloggers for years now, here are some of the mistakes I see repeated time…

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